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This class explores composition and arrangement for the large jazz ensemble from 1920s foundations to current postmodern practice. Consideration given to a variety of styles and to the interaction of improvisation and composition. Study of works by Basie, Ellington, Evans, Gillespie, Golson, Mingus, Morris, Nelson, Williams, and others. Open rehearsals, workshops, and performances of student compositions by the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble and the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra.
Keywords: jazz band; large ensemble jazz; modern jazz; contemporary jazz; big band; swing; Duke Ellington; George Russell; Bill Lowe; Mulatu Astatke; Ethiojazz; Ethio-jazz; ethiopian jazz; Ethiopiques; Either-Orchestra; Russ Gershon; Aardvark Jazz Orchestra; Gil Evans; Miles Davis; Birth of the Cool; Steve Lajoie; jazz arranging; jazz composition; improvisation; Walter Thompson; Soundpainting